Balmoral Park (6/3/10)
Contact: Tom Kelley
VIVIANI-TRAINED DUO DOMINATE CARDINAL FINAL
Owner-trainer Jerald Viviani and Sue Phillips toted home all the cash on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as stablemates Showmeyourstuff and Leaveitonthetrack grabbed the top two prizes in the $46,500 Cardinal Stake final for Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old trotting colts, with Showmeyourstuff cruising to a 1 ½ length victory in 1:56.2.
|Showmeyourstuff and driver Marcus Miller cruised to a 1 1/2 length victory in Wednesday's $46,500 Cardinal Stake final for three-year-old trotting colts.|
Taking advantage of perfect positioning by the red-hot Marcus Miller, Showmeyourstuff left alertly from post position three and neatly tucked into the pocket behind a hard-leaving Wolf Creek Pass (Brian Carpenter) as the sophomores moved by an opening quarter in 28.4.
Content to sit in the garden spot, Showmeyourstuff remained right on the back of Wolfcreek Pass as he showed the way through middle splits of 58.4 and 1:27.4.
“I knew my horse was good enough to pull and go around him if I really wanted to,” said Miller. “Brian was keeping the hammer down though and that was making it tough for horses on the outside to get up to us so I figured I’d just keep him right where he was.”
That strategy turned out to be a winning one, as Miller maneuvered his charge to the outside with an eighth of a mile to go and the son of Armbro American-Pine Bough trotted right by the pace setter with a 28.1 final quarter to seal the deal. Entrymate Leavitonthetrack (Robert Smolin) uncorked a big 27.4 final quarter to rally for the place money while Muscatine, last week’s elimination winner, came from far back to finish third. Once again last year’s champion Run And Tell Pap made a break behind the gate and was never a threat.
The win was the third in five starts this year for Showmeyourstuff, who now boasts a career record of 6-3-2 in 18 starts with earnings of $100,316. Despite being off for three weeks before the final, the favored coupling returned just $2.80, $2.80 and $2.20.